Work to Residence

This article is about Immigration Policy but is not a description of policy.


There are several temporary Work Visas that can lead to Residence.


Talent Visas (Accredited Employer). Certain employers are "accredited" by Immigration New Zealand as having recognised employment needs. When such an "accredited employer" selects skilled staff for a temporary assignment, their choice is normally supported by Immigration New Zealand. 


Talent Visa (Arts, Culture and Sports). Applicants may be considered for a Work Visa on the basis of their talent in the fields of Arts, Culture or Sport. High thresholds of talent or excellence are applied and the policy is not often used.


Long Term Skill Shortage Workers. Some people may not meet normal Skilled Migrant Residence Visa criteria but nevertheless have skills in such short supply that they are eligible for temporary Work Visas.


Religious Workers. Under some circumstances, religious organisations can apply for Work Visas for religious workers.

Global Impact Visa - Refer to "Business / Entrepreneur" section of this website.



The route to Residence.   Caution!


In all the above cases, after 2 or 3 years satisfactory work, opportunities for Residence can follow. However, two years or more will have passed between applying for the Work Visa and applying for Residence and things can change in that time; including the ages or the health of applicants, their spouses and their children; circumstances surrounding the employment, not to mention the policy itself. Plus, requirements for Work and Resident Visas are different so the fact that a Work Visa has been given does not mean that Residence will follow. Malcolm Pacific Immigration can guide you through this complex and challenging area of policy.

NOTE: Changes to the Accredited Employer and Long Term Skill Shortage work visas take effect on 01 November 2021. For many people, this visa pathway will close. Take advice now and apply.